Walter Trout has lined up a nine-date UK tour for October. It kicks off in Exeter on October 3 and climaxes in Sheffield on October 12.
The tour is in support of Trout's album of cover versions, Survivor Blues, which was released in January.
Says Trout: “I’m riding in my car sometimes, and I’ve got a blues station on – and here’s another band doing Got My Mojo Workin’. There’s a little voice in me that says, ‘Does the world need another version of that song?’
“So I came up with an idea. I didn’t want to do Stormy Monday or Messin’ With The Kid. I didn’t want to do the Blues greatest hits. I wanted to do old, obscure songs that have hardly been covered – and that’s how Survivor Blues started.”
Trout adds: “My idea was to do these songs like me, to arrange them for my band and style – not to just copy the originals note-for-note.”
In 2013 Trout was struck by liver cirrhosis and hepatitis C and eventually ended up in a coma, an experience documented on 2014’s Wastin’ Away album.
“I feel like I’m in the best years of my life right now," says Trout now. "I feel better than I have in years physically. I have more energy. I have a whole different appreciation of being alive, of the world, of my family, of my career.
"I want life to be exciting and celebratory. I want to dig in. I want to grab life by the balls and not let go, y’know…?”
Walter Trout UK Tour
Oct 03: Exeter Phoenix
Oct 04: Southampton The 1865
Oct 05: Norwich Open
Oct 06: Brighton Concorde 2
Oct 08: Bristol The Fleece
Oct 09: Birmingham Town Hall
Oct 10: Burnley Mechanics
Oct 11: Edinburgh The Queen's Hall
Oct 12: Sheffield, O2 Academy